Utah 2014 Johnson Mountain Ranch Aurora Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

Johnson Mountain Ranch is owned and operated by Stuart and Carma Johnson, and their son Jared. Stuart’s grandfather founded the farm and ranch in the Sevier Valley in 1904.

The Johnsons raise a herd of cow-calf pairs and replacement heifers. With help from The Grazing Improvement Program, USDA NRCS' Division of Wildlife Resources, USU Extension and others, the family has worked to improve the health and productivity of the ranch. Their practices include developing a rotational grazing program, removing juniper and other brush, and reseeding spring range infested with cheat grass.

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Wildlife is always considered when determining which seeds are planted, how fences are built and how pastures will be utilized. The Johnsons manage the ranch as a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit, and have hosted hunters for more than 55 years.

“As our range improves…our cattle are becoming more productive. Production costs decrease as the grazing season is extended,” Stuart Johnson said. “Our goal is to take the opportunities we have been given by those who struggled before us and through our efforts be able to continue their legacy for future generations. We can only do that by making sure our land is healthy and productive."

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